Sean Paul Murphy, Writer

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast #81: The Sting

Here's another COVID free ZOOM edition of the Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast, a lively discussion of the movies that sometimes devolves into a group therapy session. 

In this episode, John Q did what he does best and brought another classic to the table. This time it was George Roy Hill's 1973 film The Sting, starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The film won the Oscar for Best Picture and will always be remembered for the Scott Joplin songs that enliven the soundtrack. Will this film get a universal thumbs-up from the Mother Podcasters? Watch and find out.

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Other Episodes:
1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)2. Marathon Man3. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three4. Hellraiser5. Cinema Paradiso6. The Night Watchmen with actor/producer Ken Arnold7. Black Dynamite with producer Matt Richards8. The Spanish Prisoner9. Special: Presidents Day LaserDisc Hunt10. Natural Born Killers11. Slap Shot12. mother!13. Ladies' Choice14. That Thing You Do! with one hit wonder Lee Bonner15. Body Heat16. Three Days of the Condor17. Martyrs18. Beautiful Boy19. The Princess Bride20. Miracle Mile with Casting Director Billy DaMota21. Waterworld22. Smokey and the Bandit23. The Thing From Another World24. The Hudsucker Proxy25. Goldfinger26. Superman27. LA Confidential28. Little Miss Sunshine29. UHF30. The Witch31. The Haunting (1963)32. Mad Max: Fury Road33. The Counselor34. Raiders of the Lost Ark35. The French Connection36. The 33 with Lou Diamond Phillips37. Round Robin: Mise En Scene II38. Run Lola Run39. Young Frankenstein40. Mud41. The Spitfire Grill42. This Is Spinal Tap43. Singin' In The Rain44. The Hospital45. Klute46. Be Kind Rewind47. Round Robin: Halloween Films48. The Descent49. The Commitments50. Galaxy Quest51. Phantasm52. The Bride of Frankenstein53. Arlington Road54. Round Robin: Holiday Films55. A Christmas Carol (1951)56. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation57. Western Showdown58. Sports Films Showdown59. Buddy Films Showdown60. Vampire Films Showdown61. Wind River62. 3 Day Weekend with filmmakers Wyatt McDill and Megan Huber63. The Shawshank Redemption64. Donnie Brasco with former Mafia associate Kenji Gallo65. Promising Young Woman66. My Favorite Year67. Fletch68. A Hard Day's Night69. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood70. Round Robin: Movie Biographies71. Round Robin: SNL Cast Films72. Working Girl73. Fatal Attraction74. Round Robin: Gangster Films75. Round Robin: Teen Comedies76. Round Robin: Time Travel Films77. Barcelona78. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb79. Nightcrawler80. Wings Of Desire81. The Sting


My novel Chapel Street is now available! You can currently buy the Kindle and paperback at Amazon and the Nook, paperback and hardcover at Barnes & Noble.


Learn more about the book, click Here.

Watch the book trailer:

  

Listen to me read some chapters here:

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast #80: Wings of Desire


Here's another COVID free ZOOM edition of the Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast, a lively discussion of the movies that sometimes devolves into a group therapy session. 

In this episode, I bring Win Wenders' 1987 German language film Wings of Desire, about angels over Berlin, to the proverbial table. Many people use the word lyrical to describe certain films. The term is completely appropriate here. Then again, some people might find it to be a wasteland of voice over. Listen to our podcast and find out for yourself.

Here's the trailer for the movie:

 

Here's the podcast on YouTube:

                                  

Our Podcast is now available for download on iTunes: Yippee Ki Yay Mother Podcast
Subscribe to our YouTube page: Yippee Ki Yay Mother Podcast
Check out our webpage: Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast

Like us on Facebook: Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast.
Follow us on Twitter: YKYPodcast
Check out Wojo's webpage: Wojo's World
And follow her on Twitter: @TheMicheleWojo

Other Episodes:
1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)2. Marathon Man3. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three4. Hellraiser5. Cinema Paradiso6. The Night Watchmen with actor/producer Ken Arnold7. Black Dynamite with producer Matt Richards8. The Spanish Prisoner9. Special: Presidents Day LaserDisc Hunt10. Natural Born Killers11. Slap Shot12. mother!13. Ladies' Choice14. That Thing You Do! with one hit wonder Lee Bonner15. Body Heat16. Three Days of the Condor17. Martyrs18. Beautiful Boy19. The Princess Bride20. Miracle Mile with Casting Director Billy DaMota21. Waterworld22. Smokey and the Bandit23. The Thing From Another World24. The Hudsucker Proxy25. Goldfinger26. Superman27. LA Confidential28. Little Miss Sunshine29. UHF30. The Witch31. The Haunting (1963)32. Mad Max: Fury Road33. The Counselor34. Raiders of the Lost Ark35. The French Connection36. The 33 with Lou Diamond Phillips37. Round Robin: Mise En Scene II38. Run Lola Run39. Young Frankenstein40. Mud41. The Spitfire Grill42. This Is Spinal Tap43. Singin' In The Rain44. The Hospital45. Klute46. Be Kind Rewind47. Round Robin: Halloween Films48. The Descent49. The Commitments50. Galaxy Quest51. Phantasm52. The Bride of Frankenstein53. Arlington Road54. Round Robin: Holiday Films55. A Christmas Carol (1951)56. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation57. Western Showdown58. Sports Films Showdown59. Buddy Films Showdown60. Vampire Films Showdown61. Wind River62. 3 Day Weekend with filmmakers Wyatt McDill and Megan Huber63. The Shawshank Redemption64. Donnie Brasco with former Mafia associate Kenji Gallo65. Promising Young Woman66. My Favorite Year67. Fletch68. A Hard Day's Night69. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood70. Round Robin: Movie Biographies71. Round Robin: SNL Cast Films72. Working Girl73. Fatal Attraction74. Round Robin: Gangster Films75. Round Robin: Teen Comedies76. Round Robin: Time Travel Films77. Barcelona78. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb79. Nightcrawler80. Wings Of Desire81. The Sting


My novel Chapel Street is now available! You can currently buy the Kindle and paperback at Amazon and the Nook, paperback and hardcover at Barnes & Noble.


Learn more about the book, click Here.

Watch the book trailer:

  

Listen to me read some chapters here:

Monday, September 20, 2021

Faith on Film Interview


Isaac Hernandez was an unseen hand throughout my entire career in faith-based films. He got a great price for my fist one, Hidden Secrets, from TBN, and he acted as a producer rep for my final one Open My Eyes. He even thought Holyman Undercover was funny. We finally met at the Churches Making Films Film Festival in New Jersey. We hit it off immediately because we'd both seen enough that we could talk with a candor often absent among practitioners of the genre. 

I was delighted when he asked me to appear on his show. And he did the impossible: He kept me under thirty minutes.  Check it out:

 
  
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Be sure to check out my novel Chapel Street. It tells the story of a young man straddling the line between sanity and madness while battling a demonic entity that has driven his family members to suicide for generations. It was inspired by an actual haunting my family experienced.

You can buy the Kindle and paperback at Amazon and the Nook, paperback and hardcover at Barnes & Noble.


Learn more about the book, click Here.

Watch the book trailer:

  

Listen to me read some chapters here:


Read about the true haunting that inspired the novel here:

The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 1, An Introduction
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 2, The House
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 3, This Is Us
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 4, Arrival
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 5, Methodology
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 6, Clara's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 7, Clara's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 8, My Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 9, My Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 10, My Tale, Pt. 3
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 11, Natalia's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 12, Natalia's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 13, John's Tale, Pt. 1 
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 14, John's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 15, Come Inside!
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 16, Marion's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 17, Marion's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 18, Jeanne's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 19, Jeanne's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 20, Lisa's Tale
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 21, Recap, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 22, Recap, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 23, Recap, Pt. 3

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Grave Tales #23: Mieczyslaw “James” Zacharski


I am an avid genealogist. The past is very important to me. I spend a lot of time in cemeteries photographing tombstones to upload on the website FindAGrave.

I enjoy recognizing long dead people by putting memorials to them online. However, every once and a while something grabs me about a specific grave. It could be the name, or the dates or a ceramic photo. In those cases, I feel compelled to dig a little deeper. That's what this series of blogs is about: The tales behind those graves. Some of my subjects will be heroes. Some will be villains. Some will be victims. And some will linger in between, like most of us. However, don't be surprised if the tales are inherently tragic. These are grave tales. They all end in death.

While I was photographing the grave of one of my earlier subjects, Ronald Pytel, the Vatican-approved miracle priest, in Holy Rosary Cemetery, I spotted the grave of Mieczyslaw “James” Zacharski. I am always moved by the graves of youngsters so I had to investigate how this boy died at the tender age of ten. Here's the tragic tale:

The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 23 October 1904, Sunday:


BOY KILLED ON CAR
----------
James Zacharski Said To Have Been
Stealing A Ride.

     James Zacharski, 11 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Zacharski, 1733 Canton avenue, was killed yesterday evening while stealing a ride, it is said, on a Madison avenue car. Those who witnessed the accident said the lad jumped on the car at the foot of the Broadway Market about 6.30 o'clock, and while it was passing between Lancaster and Aliceanna streets he was caught between the car and the truck wagon of Joseph Volz, of Rossville, Baltimore county, which was standing beside the track.
     The boy fell into the street in a semi-conscious condition and was picked up by Mr. Volz and Charles Miller, of 2219 Portugal court, who carried him to the office of Dr. John Rehberger, 1797 Aliceanna street, where he died in 30 minutes. Death was caused by a puncture of the left lung from a fractured rib, the physician said. The boy's left arm was also broken, and his face was bruised.
     Coroner Sudler, of the Eastern district, was notified, and an inquest will be held this morning

Stealing a ride? Really? I don't think James was some sort of criminal. I'm sure it was just youthful hijinks, the same way skateboarders would hang onto cars decades later. Still, streetcars weren't to be trifled with, as my previous subject Hyman Greenberg learned.

I also can't help but wonder if his lung got punctured when they lifted James to take him to the doctors. I am not doubting their good intentions, but moving someone with those injuries is dangerous.

Here's the result of the inquest:

The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 25 October 1904, Tuesday:


Jury Exonerates Motorman.

      The jury summoned by Coroner Sudler to investigate the circumstances attending the death of James Zacharski, 11 years old, 1733 Canton avenue, who was killed Saturday night in the Broadway Market by being crushed between a trolley car and a wagon, met last night at the Eastern Police District and decided that Zacharski had been killed through his own carelessness. The conductor and motorman of the car were exonerated.

The story about the inquest made me wonder if there was more to the incident than initially reported. If James simply grabbed onto the side of the streetcar to take a ride, and was accidentally crushed against a truck, why were the conductor and motorman on "trial." It makes me conclude that they were aware of the boy's presence. Were they supposed to stop and remove him? It also makes me think that one or both of them must have interacted with the lad in a way which could have potentially resulted in the his death. What other explanation was there? Obviously, the motorman didn't steer into or toward the truck. The street car was on rails! 

That said, the decision of the inquest jury couldn't change one thing: James Zacharski was dead. I'm sure his loss, and the dashed promise of his young life, lingered with his family until their own deaths. His parents both died in 1944, and all of his siblings are gone now too.

To me, the deceased remain a presence in this world as long as people remember them. I wonder how many people have thought about that eleven-year-old boy recently. Other than us that is.  Everyone who reads this story is keeping his memory alive.

I like that.

The inscription is in Polish.  Norm Wilhelm translated it as:

Here lies Mieczysław Zacharski
Born 9 February 1894
Died 22 October 1904
Asks for a sigh to God

Remember, there is a story behind every grave. You never know what you're missing when you walk past one...

Grave Tales:

My novel Chapel Street is now available! You can buy the Kindle and paperback at Amazon and the Nook, paperback and hardcover at Barnes & NobleChapel Street is the tale of a young man battling a demonic entity that has driven members of his family to suicide for generations. It was inspired by an actual haunting. 


Learn more about the book, click Here.

Watch the book trailer:

  

Listen to me read some chapters here:


Read about the true haunting that inspired the novel here:

The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 1, An Introduction
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 2, The House
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 3, This Is Us
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 4, Arrival
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 5, Methodology
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 6, Clara's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 7, Clara's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 8, My Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 9, My Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 10, My Tale, Pt. 3
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 11, Natalia's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 12, Natalia's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 13, John's Tale, Pt. 1 
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 14, John's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 15, Come Inside!
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 16, Marion's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 17, Marion's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 18, Jeanne's Tale, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 19, Jeanne's Tale, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 20, Lisa's Tale
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 21, Recap, Pt. 1
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 22, Recap, Pt. 2
The Haunting of 21 St. Helens Avenue, Part 23, Recap, Pt. 3

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast #79: Nightcrawler

Here's another COVID free ZOOM edition of the Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast, a lively discussion of the movies that sometimes devolves into a group therapy session.

In this episode, we continue in our classic, deep dive mode as Drew brings the 2014 Dan Gilroy film Nightcrawler  If you like Jake Gyllenhaal, and you like him really creepy, you definitely have to check this film out.  A great discussion.

Here's the trailer for the movie:

    

Here's the podcast on YouTube:

 

                     

Our Podcast is now available for download on iTunes: Yippee Ki Yay Mother Podcast
Subscribe to our YouTube page: Yippee Ki Yay Mother Podcast
Check out our webpage: Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast

Like us on Facebook: Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast.
Follow us on Twitter: YKYPodcast
Check out Wojo's webpage: Wojo's World
And follow her on Twitter: @TheMicheleWojo

Other Episodes:
1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)2. Marathon Man3. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three4. Hellraiser5. Cinema Paradiso6. The Night Watchmen with actor/producer Ken Arnold7. Black Dynamite with producer Matt Richards8. The Spanish Prisoner9. Special: Presidents Day LaserDisc Hunt10. Natural Born Killers11. Slap Shot12. mother!13. Ladies' Choice14. That Thing You Do! with one hit wonder Lee Bonner15. Body Heat16. Three Days of the Condor17. Martyrs18. Beautiful Boy19. The Princess Bride20. Miracle Mile with Casting Director Billy DaMota21. Waterworld22. Smokey and the Bandit23. The Thing From Another World24. The Hudsucker Proxy25. Goldfinger26. Superman27. LA Confidential28. Little Miss Sunshine29. UHF30. The Witch31. The Haunting (1963)32. Mad Max: Fury Road33. The Counselor34. Raiders of the Lost Ark35. The French Connection36. The 33 with Lou Diamond Phillips37. Round Robin: Mise En Scene II38. Run Lola Run39. Young Frankenstein40. Mud41. The Spitfire Grill42. This Is Spinal Tap43. Singin' In The Rain44. The Hospital45. Klute46. Be Kind Rewind47. Round Robin: Halloween Films48. The Descent49. The Commitments50. Galaxy Quest51. Phantasm52. The Bride of Frankenstein53. Arlington Road54. Round Robin: Holiday Films55. A Christmas Carol (1951)56. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation57. Western Showdown58. Sports Films Showdown59. Buddy Films Showdown60. Vampire Films Showdown61. Wind River62. 3 Day Weekend with filmmakers Wyatt McDill and Megan Huber63. The Shawshank Redemption64. Donnie Brasco with former Mafia associate Kenji Gallo65. Promising Young Woman66. My Favorite Year67. Fletch68. A Hard Day's Night69. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood70. Round Robin: Movie Biographies71. Round Robin: SNL Cast Films72. Working Girl73. Fatal Attraction74. Round Robin: Gangster Films75. Round Robin: Teen Comedies76. Round Robin: Time Travel Films77. Barcelona78. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb79. Nightcrawler80. Wings Of Desire81. The Sting


My novel Chapel Street is now available! You can currently buy the Kindle and paperback at Amazon and the Nook, paperback and hardcover at Barnes & Noble.


Learn more about the book, click Here.

Watch the book trailer:

  

Listen to me read some chapters here:

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast #78: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Here's another COVID free ZOOM edition of the Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast, a lively discussion of the movies that sometimes devolves into a group therapy session.

This episode is a reunion of the original Mother Podcasters. The four founding members, Ralph, Hassan, Uncle Al and yours truly haven't gotten together since the pre-COVID Episode 19: The Princess Bride. Now, fifty-nine episodes later, we have a great time looking at the1964 Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. We're also joined by Drew, who couldn't resist joining in on the fun.

I hope we do another one of these after another fifty or so episodes!

Here's the trailer for the movie:

 

Here's the podcast on YouTube:

                                

Our Podcast is now available for download on iTunes: Yippee Ki Yay Mother Podcast
Subscribe to our YouTube page: Yippee Ki Yay Mother Podcast
Check out our webpage: Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast

Like us on Facebook: Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother Podcast.
Follow us on Twitter: YKYPodcast
Check out Wojo's webpage: Wojo's World
And follow her on Twitter: @TheMicheleWojo

Other Episodes:
1. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)2. Marathon Man3. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three4. Hellraiser5. Cinema Paradiso6. The Night Watchmen with actor/producer Ken Arnold7. Black Dynamite with producer Matt Richards8. The Spanish Prisoner9. Special: Presidents Day LaserDisc Hunt10. Natural Born Killers11. Slap Shot12. mother!13. Ladies' Choice14. That Thing You Do! with one hit wonder Lee Bonner15. Body Heat16. Three Days of the Condor17. Martyrs18. Beautiful Boy19. The Princess Bride20. Miracle Mile with Casting Director Billy DaMota21. Waterworld22. Smokey and the Bandit23. The Thing From Another World24. The Hudsucker Proxy25. Goldfinger26. Superman27. LA Confidential28. Little Miss Sunshine29. UHF30. The Witch31. The Haunting (1963)32. Mad Max: Fury Road33. The Counselor34. Raiders of the Lost Ark35. The French Connection36. The 33 with Lou Diamond Phillips37. Round Robin: Mise En Scene II38. Run Lola Run39. Young Frankenstein40. Mud41. The Spitfire Grill42. This Is Spinal Tap43. Singin' In The Rain44. The Hospital45. Klute46. Be Kind Rewind47. Round Robin: Halloween Films48. The Descent49. The Commitments50. Galaxy Quest51. Phantasm52. The Bride of Frankenstein53. Arlington Road54. Round Robin: Holiday Films55. A Christmas Carol (1951)56. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation57. Western Showdown58. Sports Films Showdown59. Buddy Films Showdown60. Vampire Films Showdown61. Wind River62. 3 Day Weekend with filmmakers Wyatt McDill and Megan Huber63. The Shawshank Redemption64. Donnie Brasco with former Mafia associate Kenji Gallo65. Promising Young Woman66. My Favorite Year67. Fletch68. A Hard Day's Night69. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood70. Round Robin: Movie Biographies71. Round Robin: SNL Cast Films72. Working Girl73. Fatal Attraction74. Round Robin: Gangster Films75. Round Robin: Teen Comedies76. Round Robin: Time Travel Films77. Barcelona78. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb79. Nightcrawler80. Wings Of Desire81. The Sting


My novel Chapel Street is now available! You can currently buy the Kindle and paperback at Amazon and the Nook, paperback and hardcover at Barnes & Noble.


Learn more about the book, click Here.

Watch the book trailer:

  

Listen to me read some chapters here: